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ARIZONA – The NRA Foundation has announced it awarded the Arizona Rangers a grant of $4,592 to help fund shooting range fees, law enforcement targets and training ammunition.

 

The NRA Foundation is the nation’s largest charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. A large part of the funds is raised by the Friends of NRA program.

The foundation has awarded over 42,000 grants totaling more than $335 million in support of qualified groups and programs. 

According to Arizona Rangers officials, they are extremely pleased the NRA Foundation has chosen to support their Train the Trainers - Firearms Instructor Cadre and the grant funds will be spread out among the Arizona Rangers’ 19 companies and the communities they represent.

“Since Rangers usually absorb all of the cost for travel, training, equipment, firearms and ammunition, all in-kind and financial support from the Friends of the NRA is greatly appreciated,” said Mohave Company Commander Capt. Bruce Leeming. Leeming, who is an NRA certified firearms instructor, said Mohave Company also has four NRA certified range safety officers.

The Arizona Rangers are a uniformed, law enforcement auxiliary reporting to the governor. They have a rich history dating back to the 1800s.

Arizona Rangers were originally created by the Arizona Territorial Legislature in 1901 to deal with the outlaws and bandits in the sparsely populated Arizona Territory, mostly along the Mexican border.

According to historical records, the Arizona Rangers were an elite group of well-trained law enforcement personnel; were originally a secretive agency mounted on quality horses and well equipped with modern weapons provided at the state's expense.

The rangers rode throughout the Arizona Territory and were widely known as being extremely successful in apprehending outlaws.

Arizona Rangers were disbanded in 1909. However, they were resurrected in 1957 as an unpaid, all-volunteer agency that is available to assist and support law enforcement agencies.

The companies include: Agua Fria, Benson, Bisbee, Casa Grande, Douglas, High Country, Lonesome Valley, Madera, Mohave, Peoria, Phoenix, Santa Cruz, Scottsdale, Show Low, Sierra Vista, Sonoita, Tombstone, Tucson and Verde Valley.

Arizona Rangers’ missions nowadays is as a law enforcement support and assistance civilian auxiliary that renders assistance to any federal, state, county or local law enforcement authorities. There are currently more than 300 rangers serving throughout the State of Arizona.

The Rangers’ support to the various law enforcement agencies includes missing children, parades, accidents, DUI task forces and wildfires. They also provide community service support to civilian agencies when requested.

According to Mohave Company Second Lt. Paul Gorham, “Capt. Lemming had a meeting with Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster and he told him the Arizona Rangers stand ready to assist his department with whatever is needed in the future.”

Individuals interested in becoming an Arizona Ranger must be at least 21 with no criminal history, an Arizona resident for at least six months and meet other criteria.

The Mohave Company meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Wellness Center at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

All who are interested in the Arizona Rangers Mohave Company or would like additional information about the Arizona Rangers in general are encouraged to attend the meetings.

For further information, email Leeming at azranger2601@frontier.com.

Note: some of the information in this report was compiled from the Arizona Rangers website http://azrangers.us.

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